The distressed family of accused Sydney CBD knifeman Mert Ney have arrived home in dramatic scenes after the property was raided by police at midnight last night.
Relatives, including the man’s sister, returned to the family home in Marayong, in the city’s west, about 10am on Wednesday.
One relative shielded her face with her handbag before she was dragged inside.
‘I’ll say things after … you guys are going to have to wait,’ one of the accused knifeman’s two sisters said.
Sydney was thrown into chaos on Tuesday afternoon when Ney, 21, stormed through the centre of the city brandishing a large kitchen knife, allegedly stabbing one woman in back before being taken down by heroic bystanders.
A sex worker, 24, was later found with her throat slashed inside her central city apartment.
The dead woman’s neighbours say they were shocked when they heard of the gruesome killing, and many claimed they did not hear a thing on the day she died.
‘I’ll say things after … you guys are going to have to wait,’ one of the accused knifeman’s two sisters said, lashing out at media
Sindy Tang (pictured), who lives on level three of the building where the dead woman was found, had been at work during the ordeal and returned home on Tuesday night to find police surrounding the building
Accused Sydney CBD knifeman Mert Ney was filmed in the back of a police van after his arrest in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon
A sex worker was later found with her throat slashed inside her central city apartment (Pictured, her neighbours apartment)
Sindy Tang, who lives on level three, had been at work during the ordeal and returned home on Tuesday night to find police surrounding the building.
She told Daily Mail Australia she was worried at first when she saw the news but claimed she does not feel unsafe living in the building.
‘It’s a bit scary because you move into the city thinking you’re going to be nice and safe and close to work and stuff and I guess anything can happen anywhere.’
She said she did not know the woman who was killed and was unaware of any sort of sex-trade happening in the apartment next door.
The distressed family of accused Sydney CBD knifeman Murt Ney have arrived home in dramatic scenes after the family home was raided by police at midnight last night
Relatives, including the boy’s sister charged into the family home in Marayong, in the city’s west, about 10am on Wednesday
Relatives appeared distressed as they made their way inside their home following Tuesday’s incident, where one woman was stabbed and another was killed
Neighbours of the 24-year-old sex worker were shocked when they heard of the gruesome killing, many claimed they did not hear a peep on the day she died
She said it was mainly office workers and families coming in and out of the building.
Kukti, who also lives in the building, said she was still struggling to comprehend what had happened.
‘I’m absolutely shocked,’ she said.
‘I’ve lived here for like three years, and there’s never been anything like this.’
Kukti said the apartments were nice inside, and most of her neighbours were quiet. She said she hadn’t met the woman living next door, and didn’t know her name.
The woman said she had come home for lunch on Tuesday afternoon at about 1.30pm.
Relatives returned home after police collects evidence from Ney’s home in western Sydney on Monday night after spending hours inside
His family were apprehensive to speak to awaiting reporters outside the home on Wednesday morning
One woman lashed out at reporters saying: ‘I’ll say things after … you guys are going to have to wait’ before she returned inside
During this time, she said she heard nothing coming from next door, and had no idea of the chaos that was about to unfold.
Officer workers ran in terror as the bloodied knifeman ran through the street yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Ney was detained at about 2pm as heroic bystanders made a citizens’ arrest, and police were soon on the scene. He has been in hospital under police guard and is yet to be charged.
Ney has been described as a ‘quiet loner’ who ‘spent all day on the computer’, with western Sydney locals confessing they never would have expected such violence from him.
Ney lived with his Turkish-Cypriot mother and his two sisters and was ‘not much of a talker.’
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller today revealed that he had been reported missing before Tuesday’s dramatic rampage on Clarence Street.
Mert Ney, 21, (pictured) was was subdued by heroic bystanders using chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street
Police are seen taking evidence from Ney’s home in western Sydney on Monday night after spending hours inside
Ney stands accused of shutting down Sydney’s CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 24-year-old sex worker dead. The woman’s body is seen being taken from her home
Those scenes were a far cry from a school photo taken of him in Year 8, showing the teenager smiling in his Blacktown Boys High School uniform.
A school photo taken of Mert Ney in Year 8 shows the otherwise ‘lonely and weird’ teenager smiling in his Blacktown Boys High School uniform
Ney grew up in a brick home in Marayong, near Blacktown in Sydney’s west, the middle of three siblings and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents.
‘He was not much of a talker,’ said Reen Elomari, who went to primary school with Ney at Marayong Public.
Another man who went to high school with Ney told Daily Mail Australia his former classmate recently converted to Islam, and had been posting about his newfound religion on social media.
Police said Ney was carrying a USB stick ‘suggesting he had some ideologies related to terrorism’ and referencing the Christchurch mosque attacks and mass shooting in the US.
‘He always used to walk fast, not many friends, never used to say anything.
‘I always used to see him roam around the streets alone. I would see him around my house. I’d see him maybe a couple of times [at the shops at Westpoint], just alone’.
One of his sisters would play hot potato in the front yard of one of Ms Elomari’s relatives, but the shy boy refused to participate and would stand there with his arms crossed.
‘He’d say, ”time to go home”,’ she recalled.
Stunned onlookers were frozen in the street as the man with a knife (pictured) began his rampage through the streets
Ney, 21, grew up in a brick home (pictured) in Marayong, near Blacktown, the middle sibling of two siblings and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents
The Marayong home of suspect Mert Ney was being searched by NSW Police on Tuesday night in Sydney’s west
HOW THE SYDNEY CBD STABBING UNFOLDED:
* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.
* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.
* A short time later, three members of the public detain Mert Ney, 21, before he’s arrested by police.
* 3.15pm: The body of a 24-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.
* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.
* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals Ney has a history of mental health issues.
* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.
* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.
* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home.
But she and family members said they never would have anticipated the violence and were stunned when Facebook began lighting up with reports of the identity of the accused knifeman.
Another neighbour, Jenny Threadgold, said he was believed to have mental health problems and reports have claimed he had absconded from a treatment facility in recent days.
Friends who went to school with Ney claim he had recently converted to Islam and was an ‘odd person’.
A man who was in the same class as Ney in high school said he was shocked at reports he was behind the attacks.
‘I always thought he was a bit weird and he was always posting [on Facebook] about converting [to Islam] and stuff like that,’ the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
‘[But] I didn’t expect him to go this far.’
Ney’s Facebook page has since been deleted, but another school friend claims to have spoken to him just last week, saying he planned to attend a music festival.
Alleged attacker Mert Ney is believed to have acted at random, and is expected to be charged. He is seen being restrained by witnesses and police
Neighbours that knew Ney growing up say he was ‘not much of a talker’ and wouldn’t interact with others. Police are pictured outside his home
‘He just had a vibe, he was just an odd person – he didn’t have many friends,’ he said.
Ney is expected to be charged on Wednesday at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Those charges are not yet known as NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said they found information on the man including a USB stick ‘suggesting he had some ideologies related to terrorism’.
The thumb drive referenced mass shootings in New Zealand and the USA – including March’s Christchurch terror attack, police said.
Body of Sydney stabbing rampage victim, 24, who had her throat slit is carried out of her apartment – as it’s revealed she was a sex worker operating from her home
The woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by the man accused of the Sydney knife rampage was a sex worker operating from her home.
The 24-year-old’s body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building at 3.15pm on Tuesday.
Police allege Mert Ney, 21, slashed her throat with a butcher’s knife before sparking six minutes of carnage in the heart of the city.
Detectives are going through the pair’s phones to establish the nature of their relationship.
The victim had a personal listing on Locanto under the section ‘men seeking women’, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ney had visited the woman for ‘business purposes’.
‘It appears he (Ney) was there for a business purpose,’ he said.
The woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by the man accused of the Sydney knife rampage was a sex worker operating from her home. Her body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building on Tuesday afternoon
A man with a knife (left) can be seen walking towards a bystander (right) who was forced to use a chair to protect himself
He said investigators would be looking at his Facebook history and searching chatrooms to see if there is some evidence link to terrorism.
Police have not ruled out possible terrorism charges, he said.
He said there was nothing globally to link him to terrorism but they haven’t interviewed him yet.
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE SYDNEY CBD STABBING:
SUPERINTENDENT GAVIN WOOD: ‘A number of members of the public physically restrained the offender. They were significantly brave people. To approach a person with a mindset (that) this person did, with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes.’
WITNESS PAUL O’SHAUGHNESSY: ‘My brother, he was the hero. He got a grip of him, along with another guy we don’t know, and put a crate on his head. He was just mumbling religious things.’
@JACKHUDDO ON TWITTER: ‘So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch.’
WITNESS DAVID VAUX ON THE ABC: ‘I was walking towards Wynyard Park and this man came running around the corner … and then came about five or six other men chasing him.’
‘They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man who was fireman, I think, had some firefighting implement and also then a man with a news camera on his shoulder.’
PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON ON TWITTER: ‘The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him.’
FEDERAL LABOR LEADER ANTHONY ALBANESE: ‘The details aren’t fully known yet but we congratulate the NSW Police on the work that they’ve done and amazingly brave bystanders who took action to apprehend this man.’
‘Very scary visuals, the fact that people were putting their own lives on the line by taking action was an act of incredible bravery and I certainly pay tribute to them.’
NSW POLICE COMMISSIONER MICK FULLER: ‘All the evidence we have at hand would link these two crimes (the killing and stabbing).’
‘There was certainly information found on him about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world.’
NSW POLICE MINISTER DAVID ELLIOTT: ‘If you want to behave in this sort of manner … be aware, it’s not just the police that’ll respond, it’s the citizens, it’s the firies, it’s the ambos, it’s anybody else who thinks their city is going to be given that sort of disrespect.’
Police said Ney had previously been pinged for a series of minor crimes, but nothing that compares to these allegations.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Ney had a weapons charge dismissed by a magistrate in June.
He was caught with knuckledusters, but was let off under a Section 10 without conviction in Blacktown Local Court.
Police went to Ney’s home in Marayong following a ‘concern for welfare’ report and found the knuckledusters.
He pleaded guilty to having the weapon and was sentenced to a conditional release order, while no conviction was recorded.
An woman was stabbed in the back and was taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the corner of King and York Street in Sydney
Ney, wearing a grey hoodie covered in blood wielding a large knife could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives
A woman was stabbed outside Hotel CBD and was taken away in an ambulance from the scene of the stabbing in Sydney
The conditions included that he seek help for his mental health.
Weeks later, on August 7, Ney arrived at Blacktown Hospital’s emergency department after suffering a drug overdose.
He was last seen bursting out of an ambulance at 6.40am the following day and police were informed.
Police were on the search for Ney last week in relation to a domestic violence issue that reportedly involved his sister.
Medication was also found close to the spot he was apprehended – and was identified as a drug used to combat anti-anxiety called antinex, Channel Seven reported.
‘I was just acting on instinct’: Hero bystander recounts the moment he pinned crazed knifeman to the ground using a MILK CRATE after stabbing a woman and attacking others in Sydney’s CBD
Heroic bystanders managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at Sydney’s Wynyard train station on Tuesday just after 2pm.
Covered in blood and wielding a large knife, Mert Ney, 21, could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives.
Luke O’Shaughnessy, 30, a champion Muay Thai boxer from Manchester, who watched as the incident unfolded, managed to subdue the crazed attacker by putting a milk crate over his head.
‘It was terrifying mate, it was really bad,’ his brother Paul, 37, a former professional soccer player, told Daily Mail Australia.
A heroic bystander has managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at Sydney’s Wynyard train station on Tuesday just after 2pm
‘I was just acting on instinct really. We all just kind of followed suit and just did what we could’.
‘Obviously there’s something clearly wrong with him, he didn’t look normal or anything like that’.
‘It was an intense moment. I’ve got a lot of emotion running high as well. It was pretty scary stuff’.
Paul, who owns a recruitment company on nearby King Street, said they heard ‘a big kerfuffle and shouting’ and thought they were witnessing a terror attack.
‘Luke, my brother, popped his head out and said ‘what’s going on? There’s a guy holding a knife’,’ he said.
Luke O’Shaughnessy chased the attacker and managed to pin him to the ground
Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero bystanders carrying milk crates
The area has been blocked off by police while investigations continue on Tuesday afternoon